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Blog It Forward – David Ruiz Badia


First of all special thanks go to Nil  for nominating me to participate ?

In order to add some context, I suggest first to take a look at Susan Keohan‘s blog post “Blog it  Forward”, one the most funny and interesting initiatives around SAP Community.

So, here it is my #BIF

About me

I was born in Barcelona  in 1973, where I grow up. I was the older of 2 children in the family.

This was me… ?

When I was 12y I learnt to play basketball ? what become one of my favourite sports and hobby… and passion. Later I became coach assistant, delegate of a local team Grup Barna in Clot, the neighborhood where I was born. I spent more than 15 years with direct activities around this sport. I combined this passion with my studies also when I was at University (Telecom and Electronics at University Ramon Llull – La Salle Barcelona). They were amazing years enjoying playing basketball, training young teams, knowing amazing people. In parallel to this, I became a FC Barcelona basketball team supporter, all these years till today. This has become one of my passions. Recently sad and shocked by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant, one of my NBA basketball idols.

When I met my wife, we decided to live together in my current town, Sant Cugat del Valles, a very nice and lovely place to live only 20km from Barcelona. Here, I enjoy the quality to live in a place where I can walk through the streets and parks, enjoy with traditions and culture activities, practice some sport, …  We have 2 kids, Núria (10y) and Roger (14y). Well, I am in love with my family.


All my family love to travel and explore new landscapes and cities. From my personal experience, I began to open my mind and learned a lot from other people when I started to travel abroad. One of my favourites trips was to Japan, I am a Japaneese culture lover ^.^


My last confession is my love for music. I like to play my 2 guitars when I have some free time, just an amateur player. Now I have a new challenge to learn to play an ukelele, but need to find some free time…  And my favourite group since I have memory is Queen I am very big fan of their music.  Even, in my first travel to London I visited this fan house…


Now, time to focus back on Nil’s questions.

Share a fun fact/story about yourself that people don’t know?

Well, I don’t like too much to speak in public… Shyness and nervousness mixed. When I have to speak in business meetings to present or explain anything in front of my colleagues or bosses, or when I am on stage to introduce and open #sitBarcelona community event is a really hard time to me. Each time, I prepare some kind of script, but at the end I realize that I have mixed almost everything I wanted to express…. But at the same time, when I finish some kind of satisfaction feeling invades me, milestone achieved!

What is your personal life dream?

“Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion, too.

Imagine all the people, Living life in peace,
You may say that I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us, And the world will be as one”

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Looking back I realize all the different SAP community roles I have been played and all the different SAP event types I participated. I feel very lucky and honoured to have experienced each one.

For me, discovering all amazing people from all the world I have met along these years is one of the most valuable treasure I will never would have dreamed.

Just a quick recap at the roles by order: SAP customer (1998-..), AUSAPE (Spanish SAP User Group Volunteer) SOA SIG Leader (2007-2008)  and SAP Cloud Platform SIG Leader (2019-..), AUSAPE Board member (2012-2013), SUGEN Core Leadership Team member (2014-2015), AUSAPE Chairman (2014-2015), SAP Mentor (2016-2019) and SAP Champion (2019-..).

When attending events: SAP Teched, Sapphire, F-KOM, D-KOM, SAP Select, SAP Forum, UKISUG Conference….

What do you most enjoy about the SAP Community?

Networking. This word summarizes the community essence. Afterwards comes knowledge sharing, best practices exchanges, etc… but contact and meet people around what we do, what we work, what we enjoy has no price.

Now I’d like to read and learn from:

Enric Castella 

Antonio De Ancos

Pedro Abuin

Cesar Martin

to share their insights or perspectives about the questions below.

  • Share a fun fact/story about yourself that people don’t know?
  • Name the person who affected you most in your career/ way of thinking and why?
  • If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?
  • What do you most enjoy about the SAP Community?




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      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan

      Hi David, and welcome to the #BlogItForward family!

      I am also a big fan of Queen... did you watch Bohemian Rhapsody?   I took my 18Yo son to it, and now we have created a playlist of Queen songs for when we go on drives together.

      Congratulations on all the badges!  I wonder if we could have a contest to see who has the most (or most interesting) conference badges.   Although I suspect an SAP employee would have the most 😉

      Thank you for the beautiful photos of Barcelona - it's definitely on my bucket list!



      Author's profile photo David Ruiz
      David Ruiz
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Susan

      Thanks for your kind words.

      And, yes of course, I watched "Bohemian Rhapsody" with all my family (also kids; they have grown listening Queen's songs very often.... )

      About badges, just was a curiosity.

      And anytime you will have the chance to visit Barcelona, I will be more than happy to welcome here and help whatever you need.

      Best regards


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Hola David - I enjoyed your story and blog it forward.

      I didn't know you were AUSAPE chairman - wow.

      Hopefully one May you will come to SAPPHIRENOW/ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando so we can meet in person?

      One day I hope to visit Spain...


      Author's profile photo David Ruiz
      David Ruiz
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Tammy

      Thanks and I am very happy you enjoyed my story 🙂

      Yes, I played several roles around UG and one of this was Chairman. There were 2 intensive years travelling a lot, also because I combined this period with my role inside the CoreLeadership Team of SUGEN.  I enjoyed it a lot, very good memories.

      I am afraid I have no plans to attend SAPPHIRE, would be very nice, but familiar plans are others 😉

      As I said to Susan, would be an honour to have both of you here at Barcelona!

      Best regards,


      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      David, it's great to read more about your interests and personal life, and I have to say I was very glad to get the opportunity to meet you when I came to TechEd in Barcelona in 2018 -- my first trip to Spain! You were a most gracious host for us out-of-towners, and I very much appreciate that.


      Author's profile photo David Ruiz
      David Ruiz
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Matt

      Also was my pleasure to meet you here at Teched BCN 2018. You're invited to attend next Sept 2020!

      I have to confess I enjoyed reading your last  BIF "The Sequel"  Amazing!!!



      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      I think I need to give Bangalore a fair shot now, but rest assured, Barcelona's avenues will be darkened by my shadow again!

      Author's profile photo Nil Peksen
      Nil Peksen
      Thank you, David! I am grateful for sharing your public speaking story.
      I know that I am not alone 🙂
      Author's profile photo David Ruiz
      David Ruiz
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Nil

      Thanks to you to push me out of my confort zone asking me to write about myself....

      And thanks for sharing your story. We always need to listen and learn from each others!

      Hope to meet you again soon!



      Author's profile photo Svea Becker
      Svea Becker

      Hi David, thanks for sharing. It's really nice to get to know you better and it's always a pleasure meeting you. I hope we will see each other next time you are in Walldorf or at any SAP TechEd 😉

      Author's profile photo David Ruiz
      David Ruiz
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Svea

      Thanks for your kind words. Hope to meet you soon,  for sure!

      Best, David